Over the past month or so, and especially the past two weeks or so, I’ve been on an intense path of getting myself aligned with God. I don’t talk about my spirituality too much on my blog, but just so you know, it’s paramount to me and I feel as though I should explain why I do some of the things I do and it’s influence on my social networking life.
My sister gave me Destined to Reign: Devotional by Joseph Prince. For those that don’t know, a devotional is a daily reading of the Bible but with some commentary on a verse or verses, with a thought for the day. Some have themes like living healthy or being successful or prayer, or are geared towards men or women. Typically, you’d start the day with it, maybe before or after a morning prayer or worship, whatever your personal routine may be if you have one. I usually keep it next to my bed so as soon as I wake up, it’s one of the top 5 things I look at before officially declaring myself to be awake and/or up and at ’em. On occasion, I’ll bring the book with me wherever I’m going if I forget to read it or don’t have time. (Click the picture for a link to the book or click this link to see today’s reading.)
In any event, there will be a scripture and a page length reading what that scripture means in terms of everyday life and how it applies to you. Some days, some scriptures apply a little more to my current situations than others. Other days, I don’t see a connection until something happens later in the day.
What’s really fascinating to me is how eye-opening these devotionals can be. I could crack open the Bible and just read a verse and call it a day. But with some enlightened inspirational meaning to accompany it, I’ll have a deeper understanding of what God is saying to me. A lot of the verses I tweet, post on Facebook, or make Instagram pics out of come from this book.
The funny thing is what happened on Monday. The scripture was John 14:27 —
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
The commentary then talked about how God’s peace and blessings flows like water and how being worried is like you’re squeezing a garden hose from which that water flows. After the past weekend, I had been everything but peaceful. So this was great food for thought. I went through my day reflecting on that and then Tuesday came.
I can’t recall what exactly was different. I blame the cold rainy weather. But I felt off. I read my devotional, and it was good, but I felt as though I was worried. I panicked a little, thinking about that garden hose being cut off and how I can’t let go. From there, I was basically just having “one of those days” before ultimately I was on the verge of an emotional breakdown. I can’t say it enough but I’m so thankful for my friends and family for keeping me sane. I keep a lot of things inside and they let me vent a lot of the pent up frustrations and concerns I’ve been carrying. I felt that be doing that, I was loosening my grip on the hose.
While the story isn’t over, resolution to my circumstance is in sight. Today’s devotional is titled “God Has Seen Your Future And It Is Good!” It has definitely given me hope, and on top of that, my daily scripture app on my phone was from Romans 5:3-5 —
We also have joy with our troubles, because we know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character, and character produces hope. And this hope will never disappoint us, because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts. He gave us his love through the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to us.
The significance here is that my brother preached on these verses in his sermon on Sunday, which talked about enduring hardships. So the fact that this came up today only confirms to me that ultimately, everything is going to be alright.
I know I took you Indoobians on a weird and different journey and I don’t have a nice bow of a conclusion to tie up this particular post, but in all honesty, that’s really how my life is. Throw in everything else I usually talk about here, add in my love of food and you’ll have a slightly clearer understanding of who I am. My relationship with God is of the utmost importance and if I want my personal and professional transition to be a successful one, I know God is the first to be responsible for that happening.